Rich Jones knows everyone, and they smile when you mention his name. He's a Chicago music scene veteran, rapper, and curator of the ongoing concert series All Smiles at the Tonic Room. Straddling the line with indie pop, he brings bounce to his music and the spaces he builds. He is performing Thursday evening as part of a Puerto Rico benefit show at Chop Shop, alongside AirGo alum Ravyn Lenae, the O'My's, and Boathouse.
It's a Chicago radical podcast meeting of the minds as Ashley Tribble comes on AirGo. Tribbz is the host and producer of P Power Radio, a podcast that shares stories of millennial women and the history that has shaped the world they are working to change. Ashley currently holds a residency at AMFM, the Pilsen studio and gallery founded by AirGo alum Ciera McKissick, and does standup across the city.
Juliana Pino sees how it all connects. She's the Policy Director at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), bringing the organization's activism, organizing, and advocacy in the La Villita community and beyond to policy struggles at the city, state, and federal level. She brings the connections between the outside and inside, the macro and micro, the personal and the global to the AirGo airwaves.
Maya Schenwar is a journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Truthout, an independent social justice news website that takes on the pretense of objectivity and reimagines the ways we can tell the stories of our struggle. She's the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and co-editor of Who Do You Serve, Who Do you Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. Maya has written for publications across the country, mostly focusing on the violences perpetrated by our carceral system. This is a fun one–we promise.
This week, we talk with the perfect rapper. Joseph Chilliams' debut project, Henry Church, just dropped, and the rapper/icon gets DEEP into it with Damon and Daniel about the project and much more. Plus a special birthday shoutout to Dame!
Matt McLoughlin has done it before. The Philly native is an activist and accomplice in the best sense of the word–from the streets of Occupy, to the transformative lot of Freedom Square, to the courtrooms and offices of his current work with the Chicago Community Bond Fund, Matt's open-eyed commitment and love shines through. He comes on the show to talk about the campaign to end cash bond in Illinois, and more.
For the second time in AirGo history, a scheduling snafu leaves Damon and Daniel on the air with no guest. Good thing they like to talk to each other. They check in on how they're reimagining the show, wrestling with depression, laughing at the cosmic joke, and much more, plus some great music from Jamila Woods, Saba, Noname, Joseph Chilliams, Qari, Phoelix, and Elton Aura.
This week's guest is Ciera Mckissick, the founder and voice behind arts and culture multiplatform space AMFM. A Milwaukee native, she brought her AMFM brand to the city and worked to build a home for it, an effort that led to her new performance space and gallery in Pilsen.